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Kuemmel's Corner: What I'm thankful for this year

Having just eaten all the turkey that I can eat and watched enough football games to last me until at least this weekend, I wanted to take a moment to comment on some of the many things I am grateful for.

There are some additions and changes to the list this year. I am thankful that I am the Activities Director at Park High School, and that both my daughter and son are able to attend this great school. The administration, teachers, and entire staff here are truly the best around. The entire coaching staff has been working to change the culture of Park athletics, and I truly enjoy coming to work each day. I am grateful that our coaching staff has adopted Joe Ehrmann’s “InSideOut Coaching” philosophy as we examine how sports can transform the lives of our student-athletes. Most people in the community have no idea how much the staff does for the kids of Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park on a daily basis. I am thankful that so many people take the time to read this article. I appreciate all of the positive feedback that I receive. I am grateful that the community, district administration, and school board all supported Park in its search for a new conference (no comment on how I feel about some members of the Metro East Conference). I am thankful that my three great kids love sports as much as I do and that I get to watch them (or even coach the youngest) in the sports that they play: soccer, football, basketball, baseball/softball, and tennis. Even better, each of them loves to read just as much (if not more) as they love to play sports. They all know that their education is way more important than sports. I am grateful for my health and the health of my family (I have to remind myself not to take these for granted). Finally, I am especially thankful for my wife. I spend many hours at events at Park, and many times my family will join me cheering on the Wolfpack. When my family is not with me, it means my wife is probably feeding them, helping them with homework, or driving them to their many activities. I would not be able to do this job if it were not for my very understanding and patient wife.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has many things to be thankful for.

-Phil Kuemmel, Park High School Activities Director